Marlborough Tramping Club

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To all planning to climb Tapi, Alarm etc. 

The Mount Gladstone farm track will be closed for walking access for climbers / walkers from 1st October until 31st October  for the period, for ewes lambing in the blocks, along the track. Merinos do not like being disturbed with their young lambs.

Access is via the riverbed, from the carpark at the Hodder Bridge, down the old ford road,  up to the junction at Shin and Hodder rivers, then right to follow the Hodder River to the huts. 

Visitors  are most welcome to join us on our  tramps.   


Important details of what to do and what to take are below the itinerary.

A $5.00 per tramp surcharge is payable by non-members. 


Sun 4     Queen’s Birthday Weekend

            No tramp                                                                                                                                                                                            

Wed 7   Tom’s Knob         MAP BQ 28    Easy+    Sue McKenzie       577 7001                           8am Depart          $8

Sun 11   Lake Alexander    BR 27     Mod      George Arnesen   572 8736                                7am           $15

Wed 14 Breezer Hut    BR 26             Mod          Sue Jones  572 7020                       7am                 $14

Sat/Sun 17 - 18  Chalice car park to Mt Rintoul Hut overnight. Return via Lower Goulter track        F.E.

BR26          Phone  Murray Chapman       572 4812     for details

Tues 20 Wed 21                Speargrass Hut:  Mid Year Celebration Dress code:  Bowties and Tiaras   Easy+BS 24          Alistair Matthews  578 2683       More details later         11am                              $20

Wed 21        ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING   7.30pm at Blenheim School Hall  

  Presenters:   Sari Lewis and Norm Gaudi 

Sun 25   Orchard Spur     BR 28              Mod          Jane Minto             578 7441         8am               $5

Wed 28 Lees Creek    BS 25     Mod      Geoff Butcher   929 3299               7am                 $20  + gate fee


Sat/Sun 1 -2        Mt Stokes: (Accommodation at Titirangi -  $25 per person)           BP 29     Easy+ / Mod           11am            $25   Phone       Bill Woollcombe    578 9360     for details

Wed 5   Seventeen Valley    BR28 / BR29                   Easy+        Jane Minto               578 7441         8am               $7

Sun 9     Lake Chalice    BR 26                               Easy+        Roy Phillips                  578 4830         7.30am         $15


Wed 12 Mole Hill              BS28      Mod      Sue McKenzie    577 7001                           7am           $17

Sat 15 - Sun 16   Blue Mountain  (Waihopai)   BS26         Mod+        Phone   Murray Chapman 
572 4812 for details                                         $17

Wed 19     Waikakaho – Cullensville Crossover           BQ 28          Easy+/Mod        

   Sari Lewis      573 8273       7am       $10

Sun 23   Mt Stronvar    BR 26                      Mod          Helmut   Adendorff               579 6498         7am               $14

Wed 26 Ward’s Peak from Tyntesfield    BR 28          Mod          Jane Minto                      578 7441         7.30am         $8

Sat 29 -Sun 30    Mt. Fell – Johnson’s Peak    Overnight:  Mt Fell hut                  BR 27 BQ 26          FE       Phone  Kerry Millard      578 8836  for     details                    $17


Wed 2   Powder ValleY    BS 28              Mod          Jane Minto                            578 7441         7am               $20

Sun 6          Mt Duppa                         BQ 27        Mod            Jill Spooner                 027 666 8496 7am               $17

Wed 9   Beeby’s Knob    BR 25     Mod      Roy Phillips         578 4830               7am       $20


Sat 12 -Sun 13    Winter climb of Mount Bounds     Overnight: Gosling Hut               BR 26         FE                 Murray Chapman     572 4812         Ph. for details            $14

Wed 16 Mt Freeth    BQ 29                       Easy+        Sue McKenzie                     577 7001         8am               $6

Sun 20   Raglan Range   (Wairau Valley)     BR 25             Mod          Geoff Butcher       929 3299         7am               $18

Wed 23 Mt Cawte    BQ 28                   Easy           Jane Minto            578 7441         8am               $11

Sun 27   Destination undecided    Tizzy Pollard           579 2994 


Wed 30 No tramp: Any offers?



  1. Leaders contact details  are listed against each trip and they will be able to provide you with further information about the trip if you require it. Otherwise use the contact form on the left of this page.
  2. Weekend tramps leave from Seymour Square.   Midweek tramps from Horton Park

  3. To book PLEASE contact the trip leader 3 DAYS prior to 1 day tramps and  at  least 7 DAYS before an extended trip.   Wednesday tramps -book by 8.30pm MONDAY 
  4.  Provide the trip leader with your name and phone number, and a contact number in case of any delay in returning from a trip, plus details of any relevant medical conditions.
  5. If you are unable to attend on the day please contact the leader or someone you know that is going so that the group is not kept waiting or looking for you. 
  6. Under 14 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

  7. Departure times are listed and we are generally back in Blenheim 4.30 -5 pm but as this cannot be guaranteed it doesn't pay to make important evening appointments on tramping days. 
  8. Transport costs  are also listed. You pay your driver or if taking your own vehicle your passengers will pay you. 
  9. Please ensure you CARRY YOUR OWN FIRST AID KIT, waterproofs, warm clothes, and adequate food/drink requirements.  Many of our trips are above the bush line where the weather can change dramatically in a short time so warm layers are essential.. Water is not always available so carry a plentiful supply.  
  10. Trips on private property only give the map number and general area to protect the privacy  of the landowners.
  11.   The  TOPO map numbers  listed can be viewed by following this link to
  12.   TRIP GRADING                                                               ALTITUDE RANGE                                                         DURATION

                                                                                              (vertical mtrs ascended)                                                     (Hours walking)            

Easy                                                                                                           250                                                                             5

Easy-Moderate                                                                                        500                                                                            6

Moderate                                                                                                   1000                                                                          7

Moderate +                                                                                                1000+                                                                        7
Fitness Essential                                                                                       Heaps!                                                                     Heaps!